The Grand Junction Police Dept. has received information about area homes fraudulently being listed on Craigslist for rent. In two separate cases, someone placed ads on the popular website and corresponded with potential renters, telling them they live out of state and needed to rent the property. In reality, the scammers are not the real owners. Because the scammers say they're out of state, they're unable to show people the inside of the properties, however, we believe potential renters are wiring money to the scammers to cover security deposits and first and last month's rent.Follow these suggestions to protect yourself:• Insist that you meet the landlord at the house, even if they send you a key in advance.• Never send any money until you have had the opportunity to thoroughly look inside the home.• Tell the landlord you want the transaction to go through an attorney or property management agency.• Look for poor grammar in the ads or in correspondence from the landlord.• Look for small inconsistencies with how the address is listed. Does the ad say Ave. when it should be St.?• Ask the landlord to give you directions to the home. Often the scammers have never even been to or seen the area.• NEVER give money to anyone unless you are certain who the person is and what they will do with your money.
To take advantage of this week's snow dump, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is opening back up for skiing and snowboarding Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21.Open trails include: Racers, Showdown, Equalizer, Bills, Maverick and Dude, served by the Take Four quad chairlift. Additional trails may be available, as well. The resort will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.Full season passes for 2012-13 and passes for next season (2013-14) are valid this weekend. Lift tickets for non-passholders are $30/adults and $25 for youth/pre-teen. Children age 6 and under ski free.For more information, call at 970-268-5700 or visit www.powderhorn.com.
Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade is hosting the second annual "Paint your Pooch at the Pig" noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28.Bring your dog down to the gallery, 101 W. Third St. in Palisade, to have his or her portrait sketched in pastel by local animal artists Kay Crane, Penny Creasy and Judy Rogan. Cost is $40 with a portion of the profits going to Roice-Hurst Humane Society. For more information, call 970-464-4819.
Counseling & Education Center is holding its first-ever "Family Palooza" fundraiser 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Clarion Inn. Activities include: Spellbinder storytelling, puppets, magic, balloon creativity, face painting, cookie decorating, music, juggling lessons, family photographs, silent auction, food, fire department robot, John McConnell Math & Science Center, ZooQuest with small animals, and more. Ticket are $10/family, $5/individual at the door.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking the public to provide input and ideas for creating and implementing a Junior Ranger program at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park.The program gives youth of all ages an opportunity to participate in activities and crafts that help develop a positive relationship with the outdoors.The James M. Robb Colorado River State Park is extensive, consisting of five different sections. Because finding a convenient location and time for parents to attend the Junior Ranger Program with their children is a challenging task, park personnel are asking the public to help determine a possible date and time from the following choices: • Location: Fruita, Corn Lake or Island Acres • Day: Thursday, Friday or Saturday • Time: 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.To provide your preference, contact the park by email at email@example.com or at 970-858-9188.
The Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force and Colorado Mesa University will host Ted Bunch, educator, activist, lecturer and co-founder of A Call To Men, a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education to communities.The public is invited to attend a free presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Faith Heights Church, 600 28 1/4 Road.
Bob Semro from the nonpartisan Bell Policy Center in Denver will be making a public presentation on many aspects of the federal Affordable Care Act 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the St. Mary's Hospital fifth floor conference room. Semro will discuss spending reductions to providers, the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, the impact of the ACA on the economy, insurance reforms, health insurance exchanges, taxes and fees of the ACA and proposed effects on businesses and individuals.For more information, contact Tanya at 970-245-3565 or www.lwvmesa.org.